Durham Chemistry is a leading
international chemistry department with an outstanding reputation
for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our
students. Ranked fifth overall in REF2014 and first for impact, we
are an active department with many of our staff
of Physics at Durham University is one of the very best UK Physics
departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in
teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked in the
top 10 in REF2014 in terms of grade point average, 96% of Durham
Physics research was considered either to be of "internationally
excellent quality" or "world leading".
departments have a strong research profile in Computational
Science, with excellent computer facilities. This includes the
university's High-Performance Computer system, Hamilton, and "Bede"
the N8's GPU supercomputer that makes use of NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core
are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational
Chemistry/ Physics with a particular emphasis on simulation of
lipid membranes using classical molecular dynamics and dissipative
dynamics techniques. The associate will work closely with
industrial sponsors P&G, with the aim of using simulation
models to understand the movement of small molecules through lipid
membranes to help decipher their mode of action. Ultimately, the
goal is to leverage such data to help design superior products.
applicant will be expected to develop models to understand the
interaction of small molecules with lipid membranes of different
compositions, to carry this out at both atomistic and
coarse-grained simulation levels, to develop scripts to automate
the screening of small molecules and develop machine learning
approaches to aid in molecular screening.
This post is fixed term for 12
months because of fixed term funding from the project sponsors.
is employed to work on a research project which will be led by the
Pis and the project sponsors P&G. Whilst this means that the
post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in
his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to
the advancement of the project, through the development of their
own research ideas/adaptation and development of research
applicant will, ideally, be in post by October 2021.
How to Apply
All applicants are asked to submit a
CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and
potential. The assessment for the post will include the candidate
being asked to give a short presentation on their previous research
followed by a panel interview. Shortlisted candidates will be
invited for interview and assessment.